Fall is All About the Layers
Want to get a jump on next spring? Plant a little cardboard this fall. Cardboard and paper are economical, sustainable and easy tools to use this fall while prepping for your springtime garden.
For neophyte gardeners, a simple layer of cardboard might be enough. According to garden writer Stacy Tornio, writing for the website BirdsandBlooms.com, this can be done by laying a cardboard template on the ground in autumn where you want your flower bed to be. Wet the cardboard thoroughly and layer with more soil, compost or mulch. Come spring, you will have a rich and ready bed.
For gardeners who have a little more patience, maybe it’s time to try some lasagna – as in the “lasagna method,” also known as layering. In lasagna gardens, organic material are layered on top of the land and no tilling is necessary.
It was a method “borne of frustration,” according to author and gardener Patricia Lanza. In an article for Mother Earth News, she writes, “I began to think about a garden built on top of the sod, requiring none of the traditional preparation: no lifting the sod, no digging or tilling, just neat layers of organic ingredients left to decompose over the winter …”
One of the most important layers is cardboard — and it can be laid out in whatever pattern you want.
“I laid cardboard on the paths,” Lanza says, “and covered the cardboard with bark chips. I then covered the garden spaces with thick layers of wet newspaper, overlapping the ends, and covered the paper with one to two inches of peat moss. Then I laid a three- to four-inch layer of dried grass clippings over the peat moss and added another one or two inches of peat moss. I continued to alternate layers of waste material and peat moss. Midway through, it struck me that the peat moss was akin to the cheese layer in a real lasagna.”
There are several sites you can check out to help in the construction of your lasagna garden, including here, here and here. And if you need extra cardboard, with the popularity of online shopping and monthly subscription boxes, you are sure to find a friend or two who can help out.
article via: howlifeunfolds.com
9 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Office
1. Physically Clean Your Office
Following cold and flu season, a clean office can reduce the risk of continually spreading germs throughout the office. Although sick employees should be encouraged to clean their work stations when returning to work, a thorough de-germing will help keep your workforce healthy and organized.
2. Upgrade Printers
One of the best ways to ensure that all documents are stored correctly is to invest in an all-in-one printer with scanning and access to a cloud based storage system.
3. Clear The Memory
It’s important to clean the cloud periodically to maximize your memory usage. While spring cleaning the office, take the time to monitor what’s currently in the cloud and delete documents that are no longer relevant.
4. Don’t Forget The Furniture
If it’s been a while since you’ve replaced regular furniture, such as office chairs, look into it. If chairs are worn, they may be hurting your employees. Consider investing in ergonomically correct chairs, keyboards, etc., along with standing work stations.
5. Clean Up Your Hard Drive
When hard drives get full, it can hamper the performance of your computer. If your company’s computers are older, make sure you regularly run scans to compress and optimize files on the hard drive. By doing so, you can enhance the computer’s performance.
6. Recycle Old Reports
If you’ve got a ton of old paper reports lying around, disassemble them and consider reusing them. Everything else can be recycled, clearing up shelf space for more recent documents.
For the files that you’ve chosen to keep on the cloud, organize them in a method that is easy for any employee to follow. Make sure that every one of your documents is in a logical folder and easily accessible.
8. Disinfect Your Phone
It is a well-known fact that phones can quickly become disgusting. One way to prevent this is to keep anti-bacterial microfiber cloths that are specifically made for phones with you. If you don’t have them, mix a 40/60 alcohol/water solution into a spray bottle, and spray a phone-safe cloth to wipe your phone free of germs.
9. Clean The Vents
Computers, printers and other electronics have vents to keep the electronic components from overheating, but these can easily become dirty with lint. Keep your electronics running smoothly by using a microfiber cloth and cotton swans to clear dust and lint from these vents.
article via: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/02/27/9-spring-cleaning-tips-office/
We’ve Joined the Two-Sides Network!
Strickland Companies Joins Two Sides
Submitted by: Pamela Watters 08/25/2014
Two Sides North America Press Release
CHICAGO (August 25, 2014) – Strickland Companies has joined Two Sides North America, the non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper.
“We are very pleased to have Strickland Companies join our organization and look forward to working with them to promote the many benefits provided by the use of sustainably produced print and paper,” says Two Sides North America President Phil Riebel.
“Strickland Companies is delighted to join Two Sides. At Strickland, we very much embrace the mission of addressing the issues of sustainability in the Paper and Forest Products industry with straight forward facts and transparency,” says Bayard Tynes, President, Strickland Companies.
About Strickland Companies
Since 1928, Strickland Companies has been a leader in innovative paper products and services. We have six locations that represent and distribute products for hundreds of manufacturers throughout the Southeast. Still privately owned and rapidly growing, our services have expanded to include: fine paper, flexible packaging, business products, furniture and facility supplies. Strickland Companies is proud to be a charter member of the Association of Independent Printing Paper Merchants as well as a member of Afflink and Trimega. For more information please visit the Strickland Companies website atstricklybiz.com.
About Two Sides
Two Sides is an independent, non-profit organization created to promote the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper. Two Sides is active globally in North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa and Brazil. Our members span the entire print and paper value chain, including forestry, pulp, paper, inks and chemicals, pre-press, press, finishing, publishing, printing, envelopes and postal operators. For more information about Two Sides North America, please contact Phil Riebel at 1-855-896-7433 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Two Sides website at www.twosidesna.org.
Myths and Facts: When it Comes to Paper, Some People Can’t See the Forest for the Trees
Paper has been around for more than 2000 years, and for good reason. It’s a highly effective and versatile means of communication. Even in today’s digital age with the vast array of alternative media to choose from, paper’s unique aesthetic qualifies and practical appeal are unmatched.
Paper is highly sustainable, too. But as attention to the environment has increased in recent years, so have myths and misconceptions that the paper industry is responsible for large-scale deforestation and adverse impacts on the environment. As always, there are two sides to every debate, and paper has a great environmental story to tell.
Two Sides presents the facts about paper production, use and recycling to dispel the myths, promote well-informed, confident media buying decisions and encourage greater responsibility throughout the life of paper products.
To get the facts about the sustainability of Print and Paper click below:
MYTH: Making paper consumers a lot of energy.
FACT: Paper production supports sustainable forest management.
MYTH: Making paper is bad for the environment.
FACT: Paper is one of the few truly sustainable products.
MYTH: Electronic information is more environmentally friendly than print and paper.
FACT: Not necessarily. E-media also has environmental impacts.
For this article and other paper-truths visit www.twosidesna.org